Receiving Comfort, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

As I was driving home I noticed two signs posted on church announcement boards.  They both got me thinking and feeling about the difference in comfort levels of their messages.   Seemingly the same, they had a very different feel to each of them.

Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
- Matthew 11:28

The other read:

If you are in trouble, I will rescue you.
- ???

The first offered me a feeling of succor and comfort.  I could feel my continuous relationship with God, which fills each moment of my life.  This mystical experience made me feel one with my Creator offering meaning and purpose to my existence and my life.

The second quote left me feeling separate and alone and felt hopeless and isolated.  It left me feeling spiritually lost with desolation and despair not far away.  I felt a promise of a rescuing knight on a white horse that, for me, never shows up.

The first quote left me with a feeling of connection to the Universe and reminded me of my intimate relationship with Divinity.  In this connection I never feel alone.   Spiritual connection to the Divine teaches me that I am never separate.  My relationship with the Creator and the creation of my life unfold simultaneously as one event.

There is no victim, me, waiting for the unseen rescuer without connection and relationship.   That is very comforting.

Susan Austin-Crumpton
Founder & Executive Director, The Estuary